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PGA Championship could return to Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club

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Xander Schauffele grabbed the microphone after his one-stroke win in the PGA Championship on Sunday to address the spectators who remained at Valhalla Golf Club’s 18th hole.

“Louisville,” he said. “Did I say it right?”

He passed the pronunciation test and proceeded to tell the crowd, “You guys make this tournament feel even more special than it is.”

The fourth installment of the PGA Championship at Valhalla rallied to leave a much better impression on the world of golfers watching than the tragic and downright unfortunate way the weekend started.

Sunday ended with high drama as Schauffele’s 21-under score set a record for a major championship. He needed to make every stroke as the possibility of a three-way tie for first with Bryson DeChambeau and Viktor Hovland loomed until the final putts on the 18th hole.

The play rose to the occasion of one of golf’s majors and so did the support in Louisville.

So for all the worry about whether the PGA will return from an event first played here in 1996, I’m here to tell you, it will. Louisville is much bigger than its shortcomings. The proof is in how this community shows up. How this community embraces big sporting events.

If that’s not good enough, well, the proof is in the dollar signs.

“This was the all-time, most-attended and highest-revenue PGA (Championship) in their history,” Valhalla club co-owner Jimmy Kirchdorfer said.

He said they not only set records in general admission and hospitality tickets, but the 700,000 square feet of hospitality tents spread out over the course was record-breaking as well.

Now, try to name a professional sports organization that ignores a potential revenue-generating — a record-setting revenue-generating — opportunity. The PGA of America isn’t one of them.

That’s not to say there’s no work to be done.

Valhalla has to get creative in how it will handle parking and pedestrian traffic into the golf club. There’s always been an uneasy mix of people walking along the road with no sidewalk or barriers and the cars that fill two eastbound lanes, two westbound lanes and a fifth turning lane in the middle.

Friday’s tragic death of John C. Mills brought focus into just how dangerous it is.

He was one of the many workers and volunteers that usually remain anonymous who showed up to work as a security guard for a vendor. He was killed when he was hit by a bus crossing over Shelbyville Road trying to enter Valhalla.

That accident led to an…


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